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    Rob Fisher Takes the Wheel of the Academy’s Automobile Museum

    The new CEO looks forward to encouraging Academy students to visit and enjoy the rare and vintage collection


    Robert Fisher, CEO of the Academy of Art University Automobile Museum. Photo by Bob Toy.

    As the new CEO of the Academy of Art University Automobile Museum, Rob Fisher is determined to make the museum more accessible to Academy students and the San Francisco community at large.

    On a recent tour of the museum, located on the ground floor of the School of Industrial Design, a building that was once a car Dodge-Plymouth dealership, Fisher recalled a conversation with a student: “I parked out here the other day. (And, if you’re curious, he drives an Audi R8 to work.) I spotted a student sitting on a bench and I asked, ‘Are you a student here?’ Yeah. ‘Have you ever come to the museum?’ No, but I’ve always wanted to. ‘Well, why don’t you come by?’” Fisher said, “Two days later, they were here—and they brought a friend.”

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    PCAE Exhibition: A Showcase for Talent, Drive and Determination

    The year-round program gives high school students a preview of college life and a chance to explore the Academy

    Cassidy Hall, a 14-year-old with hair the fiery color of summer, led her family through the crowded hallways of the Pre-College Art Experience (PCAE) Showcase to her artwork—a pencil sketch of Little Red Riding Hood characters—that she created for the Introduction to Illustration class she took as part of the four-week summer PCAE program offered at Academy of Art University.

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    Reaching New Heights

    Student-painted mural at the Cova Hotel highlights San Francisco tourism, travel and neighborhood pride

    When people tell you to shoot for the moon, they might not expect you to land on an eight-story-high row of scaffolding overlooking a magnificent view of San Francisco. However, for the Academy of Art University students who spent this past spring painting a stunning new mural across the front of the Cova Hotel, it was a dream come true.

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    Watercolor Connection

    The group exhibition showcases the work of 15 students, alumni and instructors


    Guests discuss the work on display at the Cannery Gallery. Photo by Bob Toy.

    Many artists dream of having their work posted in galleries. At Academy of Art University, the galleries host a plethora of hand-picked student, alumni and faculty work throughout the year, but for its recent exhibition, curation was handed over to 2017 School of Fine Art (FA) alumna Ellie Marcial. 

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    Space for Sustainability


    Chenglu “Lacey” Luo pitched her design to Epic Cleantec at SVN West. Photo by Bob Toy.

    The historic Honda building at 10 South Van Ness is receiving a second wind as SVN West, an event space run by Non Plus Ultra and home to sustainability startup Epic Cleantec. Non Plus Ultra has been working tirelessly to renovate the building, which once housed the legendary Fillmore West concert venue, in preparation for its first event on June 14.

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    Encouraging Creative Expression

    From Academy student to SOMA gallery owner, Francis Mill’s love for art inspires and challenges new artists


    Academy of Art University alumnus and owner of the San Francisco gallery Hackett Mill, Francis Mill. Photo by Bob Toy.

    Gallerist Francis Mill has a 10-year history with Academy of Art University; first as a student, which eventually led to being the Academy’s dean of graduate studies in the mid-’90s. The legacy he hopes to have left at the Academy is for students and young artists to view the world in an unconventional way and to strive to do something fresh.

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